It's been a little while since I've done a book review here on Momof6, and with the busy summer that we had- I didn't really get a chance to do too much reading. One of the books that I read and loved last year was “Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail” by Cheryl Strayed, the story of a woman who hiked 1100 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail in a quest to learn about herself, not only as a hiker- but to understand where she was headed with her life.
So when I heard about the book, “I Promise Not to Suffer” that shares the story of Gail Storey and her husband Porter, a 50-something married couple who embarks along the entire Mexico to Canada length of the Pacific Coast Trail (nearly 3000 miles over 6 months), I just knew that I would love it and I couldn't wait to dig in and read it! To take on a commitment of a journey like this- it is much more than just being about the “hike”. I seems that for many of the trekkers, it is also about a personal journey of discovery- of having time to think through your life, where you've been and where you are headed, to set some priorities for the future, and to also have some time to yourself to just think, and to be with nature. I am so envious of this mind-set! Could I handle a hike like this? Probably not. But to indulge in an journey of self-discovery like this? I relish the idea.
However, to take on a hike of this magnitude with your spouse- your life partner- your mate….. is either going to make or break your relationship. I know that my MacGyver-like husband would be a champ on a trek like this….. but could I keep up with him and not be a burden? I don't think that I could. And that's what Gail struggled with as well- the desire to conquer her own fears and limits, while not squashing his aspirations to accomplish this journey. It is one tough balancing act. There were plenty of times when she could have decided not to continue, but she found the inner strength to continue putting one foot in front of the other and in doing so, was given the opportunity to see and do things that she never thought that she would be capable of doing. But even more intriguing to me- was that when it came time to make some difficult decisions about the hike, she was able to do so without regrets. And while supporting her husband.
And of course, as an uber-organized person, I was fascinated to learn all about the logistics- how she travels, what she packs, how she managed carrying the load she did. I have never backpacked in my life- but it doesn't mean that I'm not completely intrigued by the idea of such a hike. So maybe this summer it was an 8000 mile road trip with the kids. maybe someday it will be a 1000 mile hike. Who knows?
Would you like a chance to win a free copy of “I Promise Not to Suffer”? Leave me a comment below telling me why you are inspired to read it- and I will choose one winner at random on Sunday evening (8/25)!
Dream big people. Be brave.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.